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  • Solene Moulin

    Solene Moulin

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Pathology

    BioI am a very curious person who likes to understand how things work and I love to contribute to new discoveries that will help to cope with tomorrow’s challenges. After my studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm, I got specialized in plant science. I am interested in this research field because plants are critical for environment as well as for food and bio-energy production. In 2016, I joined CEA Cadarache for my PhD which led me to participate in a research program on hydrocarbon synthesis in algae. I really liked this project which was focusing on both reaching a bio-based production of hydrocarbons for fuel production and deciphering of the hydrocarbon synthesis pathway in algae. I have been leading research to assess the occurrence of this pathway in the different types of eukaryotic algae, its evolutionary history and its relevance for algal physiology. I am now going to study another evolutionary history that has led to a symbiosis between a diatom and a N-fixing cyanobacteria, the latest being on its way to become an organelle. Understanding the physiological relationship between the diatom and the cyanobacteria will help understanding nitrogen cycle and could lead to major innovations in farming.

  • Dunja Mrdjen

    Dunja Mrdjen

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Pathology

    BioDr. Mrdjen received a B.Sc. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. During her M.Sc. research she investigated the imprinting of maternal immune experience onto offspring in mouse models at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at UCT. Following her M.Sc. work, Dr. Mrdjen interned at the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) at Biopolis, Singapore, and then moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she completed her Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Burkhard Becher. Dr. Mrdjen's Ph.D. work involved the use of single-cell technologies like CyTOF mass cytometry to investigate the immune compartments of the murine brain at steady state and during different kinds of brain diseases.

    With funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation and Novartis, Dr. Mrdjen's post-doctoral research at Stanford University with Prof. Thomas Montine and Dr. Sean Bendall focuses on understanding the cellular networks and spatial interactions between cells, pathology and genetic risk products that drive Alzheimer's disease in the human brain, by leveraging multiplexed ion beam imaging (MIBI) and computational approaches to data analysis.